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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

The global market beckons, but where?

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The auto industry will have to side-step social unrest and political obstacles to take advantage of a coming decade of overseas growth opportunity, says GM’s chief economist....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safety as one of the auto industry's hottest segments....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

ZF-TRW talks mean industry megadeals are possible

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Somehow, it always seems like a good time for mergers and acquisitions, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. ZF’s proposed acquisition of TRW has put the entire industry on notice that mega-deals are possible....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today fired a shot at his supply base, saying that suppliers' double-digit profit margins were making his blood pressure go up....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Johnson Controls experiments with interiors that change colors

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Johnson Controls is experimenting with car interior surfaces that could change colors to match the motorist's whim. The concept could prove especially useful for vehicles that are used by ride-sharing services, said Han Hendriks, vice president of advanced product development at Johnson Controls Inc....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan exec wants faster customer satisfaction feedback

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan will attempt to speed up feedback from car shoppers and move beyond widely accepted customer-satisfaction practices, Nissan's top sales executive for the United States said today....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Pickup trucks rising, thanks to oil boom

8:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Full-sized pickup sales are rebounding to big volumes -- even without the complete return of new-home construction. Through seven months, sales of full-sized pickups in the United States rose 4 percent in an overall market that increased 5 percent....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Jaguar Land Rover grapples with growing demand, tighter supplies

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
After a year of record global sales of 425,000 vehicles in 2013 and a 14 percent increase in the first half of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover is facing a problem it has not seen in decades: Demand is far outstripping supply on some models....
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At the half: North America car and truck production by platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014....
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DUSTIN WALSH

How suppliers can gain from fuel efficiency push

11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In the era of regulation, fuel efficiency is king. Automakers, more than ever, are relying on suppliers to innovate fuel saving technology -- even incrementally....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan brings suppliers closer to the line

10:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan North America is pulling back from a strategy of buying parts from low-cost countries and is now encouraging suppliers to locate near its assembly plants in the United States instead....
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Southeast Asia: Next boom market?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Auto industry executives are still upbeat about China, but their enthusiasm for the other BRIC countries has waned. New markets are in demand -- and are being discovered -- such as Southeast Asia....
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With the push for standard parts, quality is key

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Automakers have long sought standard parts that can be used in various autos to cut costs. Now they want standardized modules and systems. That puts a premium on quality....
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GM: Vette Z06 to get high power, high mpg

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The supercharged 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that goes on sale early next year will produce 650 hp, the highest ever for a General Motors production car. But the engine is only half the powertrain story....
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Q&A

In down market, Webasto sees 'hope' for roof systems

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The market for convertible roofs has declined nearly by half in recent years. But Holger Engelmann, CEO of Webasto AG, stands by the convertible and sees bright spots for the roof systems business long term....
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RICHARD TRUETT

New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a back seat is the joy of driving....
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Q&A

Ram exec says first company with a 30 mpg pickup 'wins'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Ram launched the 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light-duty diesel pickup in the United States in more than a decade, early this year. Sales are strong, and Ram is working to increase the supply of the 3.0-liter Italian-made turbodiesel....
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Mitsu Electric teams with tech heavyweights on infotainment

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. is partnering up to stay competitive in the infotainment market....
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Mexico wants more Tier 2 suppliers

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Mexico's auto industry has launched a long-term effort to develop a national network of Tier 2 suppliers. Tier 1 suppliers, the global giants that ship parts directly to automakers, are well represented in Mexico. But they import a lot of parts and raw materials that they need....
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Crash testing is still a good business

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Crash simulations and calculations are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and yet more and more real-life tests are being carried out. A little-known company south of Munich is benefiting from the trend....
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Dana CEO says purchasers are collaborating with suppliers earlier

9:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Like other Tier 1 suppliers, Dana, a major supplier of axles and driveshafts, has been working to strip weight out of its products, says CEO Roger Wood. Meanwhile, he says automakers are working earlier with suppliers on product development....
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GM's Google Glass trial and other factory visions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
General Motors is experimenting with Google Glass to improve quality on the factory floor. American Axle is building a tech center to train tomorrow's workers. A software company envisions employee uniforms that stream data. These are just a few ways automakers and suppliers are gearing for a hypercompetitive future while attracting new talent to the auto industry....
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At the half: Top 25 North American plants and models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Fuel regs will stymie industry after 2018, NADA economist says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The federal targets for higher vehicle fuel efficiency will curb the industry's ability to sell more cars after the end of this decade, a leading economist predicts....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to get rude wake-up call on voice recognition

11:41 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Check your pride at the door Wednesday afternoon when JD Power plans to lay into the auto industry for one of the most poorly executed technologies it peddles to consumers -- voice recognition....
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